Big Ten's Super Bowl XLVII connections


As colleague Brett McMurphy tweeted earlier today, the SEC leads all conferences with 23 players on the two Super Bowl rosters (based on 2012 conference membership). But the Big Ten isn't too far behind.

The San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens boast a combined 19 Big Ten players on their rosters for Super Bowl XLVII. That's tied with the ACC for the second highest total among conferences this season.

Here's the Big Ten contingent for the Big Ten in New Orleans on Feb. 3.


Active roster:

A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois

Garrett Celek, TE, Michigan State

Trenton Robinson, S, Michigan State

Jonathan Goodwin, C, Michigan

Alex Boone, OL, Ohio State

Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Ohio State

Larry Grant, LB, Ohio State

Donte Whitner, S, Ohio State

NaVorro Bowman, LB, Penn State

Scott Tolzien, QB, Wisconsin

Reserve/Injured list:

Mario Manningham, WR, Michigan

Practice squad:

Al Netter, OG, Northwestern

Nate Stupar, LB, Penn State


Active roster:

Sean Considine, S, Iowa

Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

Sam Koch, P, Nebraska

Bernard Pollard, S, Purdue

Marshal Yanda, OL, Iowa

Practice squad:

Jack Cornell, OL, Illinois

Here are some coaching staff connections for each team ...


  • Head coach Jim Harbaugh played quarterback at Michigan

  • Quarterbacks coach Geep Chryst served as a Wisconsin assistant in 1988

  • Assistant secondary coach Greg Jackson was a Wisconsin assistant in 2010

  • Linebackers coach Jim Leavitt joined Hayden Fry's staff at Iowa in 1989

  • Running backs coach Tom Rathman played running back at Nebraska


  • Head coach John Harbaugh coached Indiana's defensive backs and special teamers in 1997

  • Assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg coached Minnesota's secondary in 1996

  • Offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell played at Iowa; served as a Penn State assistant from 1986-92 and a Northwestern assistant in 1981

  • Defensive coordinator Dean Pees held the same post at Michigan State from 1995-97

  • Secondary coach Teryl Austin held the same post at Michigan from 1999-2002 and served as a graduate assistant at Penn State

  • Offensive line coach Andy Moeller played linebacker at Michigan and coached the Wolverines offensive line from 2000-07